Well, work got in the way and I still haven't had a chance to drop the mower deck. I will have to mow one more time this season so I think I'll wait until I get that accomplished then investigate further.
I was fiddling with the 16G last night and noticed a good amount of slop in the steering. The inner and outer ball joint (part #30 on the attached IPL) are worn on both sides. I also noticed there is a good amount of play between the tie rod axle arm (part #43) and the king pin weldment (part #47) on the right hand side. Annnddd.... the axle pivot tube seems to be worn.
In regards to the steering rods and ends.... Sheldon, you posted this on page 20 of your 16G Improvements page:
For those of you who might want to do this:
Rod end with grease fitting - 1/2"-20 female - RH - 4444T231
Rod end with grease fitting - 1/2"-20 female - LH - 4444T232
Seal for rod ends - pr
- 1/2" - 4737T6
I just want to make sure I'm not making mistakes in ordering parts. The threads on the inside and outside of my current steering rods appear to all be right hand thread. If this is the case why are there two different part numbers for the ends? I'm guessing it's for orientation of the grease nipples? If so, I assume that means I need to order two of part number: RH - 4444T231 and two of part number: LH - 4444T232? Also, I believe at some point you upgraded your steering rods. I assume that means I'll need to do the same to make these new ends fit. Do you have a part number for those?
Does anyone know of a good source to get an axle steering arm and king pin weldment? I see a few floating around on ebay but I'm afraid they may be just as worn as mine (none of them show crisp pictures of the mating surface between the two).
I replaced the axle pivot tube and bolt on my 816 and it helped tremendously. I think I'll do the same on the 16G. I bought the parts for the 816 a few years ago and can't remember where I got them. Any ideas for a source?
As always, I hope everyone is well and thanks for reading/helping.